Ghana vs Cape Verde live score, updates, lineups & result from Africa Cup of Nations as AFCON begins for teams

Four-time Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Ghana take on opponents hoping to reach the knockout stage for a third time when they meet Cape Verde on Sunday.

The Group B opener for the teams takes place at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in the Ivorian city of Abidjan.

Ghana have won one of their last eight matches at the tournament, finishing bottom of their group on one point at the 2021 finals.

Cape Verde fared better, beating Ethiopia in their opener and holding Cameroon to a draw on their way to a place in the round of 16 as the best third-placed team, although they were unfortunate to immediately meet eventual champions Senegal in the knockout stage.

The Sporting News is following the match live and providing updates and highlights below.

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Ghana vs Cape Verde live score

  1st half Goal scorers
Ghana 1 Jamiro Monteiro (17)
Cape Verde 1

Starting lineups:

Ghana (4-2-3-1): Ofori (GK) – Odoi, Dijku, Salisu, Mensah – Ashimeru, Baba – Painstil, Konigsdorffer, Ayew – Semenyo 

Cape Verde (4-3-3): Vozinha (GK) – Moreira, Costa, Lopes, Paulo – Pina, Duarte, Monteiro – Mendes Cabral, Bebe

Ghana vs Cape Verde live updates, highlights, commentary

46 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

We’re back underway. Can Cape Verde secure an opening win or will Ghana turn this around? The opening two minutes of the second half are uneventful.

Halftime: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Cape Verde dominated this opening game for these sides and deservedly took the lead, but the momentum changed when Ghana had a goal ruled out 10 minutes before the break.

The Black Stars are yet to have a shot on target, though, and Cape Verde will be happy with their work so far, which has left them on course for a small-ish upset.

45 mins +2: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Jordan Ayew, whose shirt is drenched with sweat, takes aim from way out from the freekick move embarked upon by Ghana.

His effort sails high into the stand behind the goal, and that may be the last attacking effort of the half.

45 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Ghana are on the attack as we enter added time, Jordan Ayew winning a freekick near the Cape Verde penalty area.

As much as it’s been a positive half for Cape Verde, they’ll be glad for the interval, at this rate.

42 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

That offside decision could rankle for a long time with Ghana, but at least they’ve burst into life.

The attack that led to Ransford Konigsdorffer hitting the woodwork was electric and Majeed Ashimeru’s piledriver was a beauty.

39 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Offside! Ghana’s goal is ruled out!

Let’s describe what happened in the build-up to that goal: a flowing Ghana move featured a terrific cross from the right by Antoine Semenyo, finding Ransford Konigsdorffer, whose effort hit the woodwork and bounced out.

With the Cape Verde defence in disarray, Majeed Ashimeru’s spectacular strike from distance looked to have made up for Konigsdorffer’s bad luck. But Konigsdorffer was well offside and was adjudged to have been interfering with the goalkeeper’s view.

37 mins: Ghana 1-1 Cape Verde

The question appears to be whether a Ghana player was offside as Majeed Ashimeru’s fierce, bending strike rattled into the far corner of the net.

Purely from the point of view of what a high-quality strike that was, it will be a shame if this is chalked off.

The pitchside monitor check is ongoing.

35 mins: GOAL – Ghana 1-1 Cape Verde

Anderlecht’s Majeed Ashimeru blasts Ghana level from outside the penalty area!

Ghana’s players and fans go wild, but there’s a VAR check…

32 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Jamiro Monteiro concedes a freekick in a central position not far from the Cape Verde area, which Jordan Ayew chips towards the left hand side of the box.

No Ghana player can make clean contact with the delivery, which tumbles behind.

29 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Chris Hughton is not the most expressive manager you’ll ever see, but he applauded that first shot of the game from his side, who certainly resemble a team needing strong encouragement.

26 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

It’s taken more than a quarter of the game, but Ghana send in their first shot.

Gideon Mensah swings in a useful cross from the left and Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer does well to get to the delivery ahead of his marker, but can only cushion his volley wide.

23 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Jordan Ayew has the ball and space inside the Cape Verde penalty area on the left and attempts to swing in a low cross.

It’s blocked away, the danger instantly fizzling out.

22 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Cape Verde are having a decent attacking spell again. They’ve had almost 70% of possession now.

Manager Bubista takes a swig of water on the sideline. He’s in a white polo-ish top with black trim.

20 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Ghana have a penalty appeal waved away. They’ve really struggled to create danger against a team 12 places below them in Fifa’s rankings.

18 mins: Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde

Steven Moreira’s excellent charge down the right was the catalyst for that goal. As Semedo neared the penalty area, he managed to find Jovane Cabral to his left before a defender closed him down, and Cabral hammered in a shot which Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori did well to tip away.

Ofori could only divert the ball into the path of Jamiro Monteiro at close range, though, who converted.

17 mins: GOAL – Ghana 0-1 Cape Verde (Jamiro Monteiro)

That had been coming!

16 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

No really clear chances so far, but Cape Verde had 64% of possession, 23 of the 30 attacks and 14 of the 18 dangerous attacks during the first 15 minutes.

We’re yet to have a shot on target.

13 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Ghana manager Chris Hughton is well known to many supporters around the world, having previously been permanent manager of Newcastle, Birmingham, Norwich, Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest.

He’s wearing glasses and a training top tonight on the sideline tonight.

11 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Ryan Mendes is over the freekick on the edge of the penalty area in the left channel. He slams it straight into the Ghana wall.

10 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Not a good start to the game for Alexander Djiku. The Ghana defender concedes a freekick in a dangerous position for a foul on Jovane Cabral, and is booked.

9 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Jordan Ayew engages in some hold-up play inside Ghana’s half, winning a free-kick over a challenge by Ryan Mendes.

Ghana want a penalty for an ensuing challenge as they work their way inside Cape Verde’s half, but there’s nothing doing.

8 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Just as Ghana are looking to build from the back, they gift possession back to Cape Verde when centre-back Alexander Djiku plays a routine low pass straight out of play.

The Fenerbahce defender looks annoyed with himself. As well he might.

6 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Cape Verde have applied the early pressure. They’re exchanging passes in their opponents’ half, but Ghana look ready to pounce and counter-attack.

4 mins: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

The first VAR check of the evening takes place following a Cape Verde corner from their right. Then another corner for them, from the left, causes more confusion, Ghana eventually clearing.

1 min: Ghana 0-0 Cape Verde

Ghana, in white, are the first to go on the attack, and Toulouse centre-back Logan Costa intervenes with an athletic, well-timed challenge to prevent an attempted through-ball into the area from causing trouble.

25 mins to kickoff: Cape Verde line up like this (4-3-3): Vozinha (GK) – Moreira, Costa, Lopes, Paulo – Pina, Duarte, Monteiro – Mendes Cabral, Bebe.

Egypt have rescued a point against Mozambique with that late Mohamed Salah penalty, the game finishing 2-2 in Abidjan. Let’s hope for as much entertainment in this one!

45 mins to kickoff: Here’s how Ghana start, with West Ham star Mohammed Kudus a notable absentee through injury.

(4-2-3-1): Ofori (GK) – Odoi, Dijku, Salisu, Mensah – Ashimeru, Baba – Painstil, Konigsdorffer, Ayew – Semenyo 

1 hour to kickoff: Elsewhere today, it looks like a 97th-minute Mohamed Salah penalty has earned Egypt a 2-2 draw against huge underdogs Mozambique.

That game isn’t finished, though…

1 hour 20 mins to kickoff: This is Ghana’s 24th appearance in the AFCON, the most after Egypt (26) and Ivory Coast (25).

The Black Stars won the tournament in four of their first seven appearances (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982) but have won none of their subsequent 16. Time to change that?

1 hour 40 mins to kickoff: Ghana and Cape Verde are facing each other for the second time at the Africa Cup of Nations. Their only previous meeting saw Ghana win 2-0 in the 2013 quarter-finals.

2 hours to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of today’s AFCON opener for Ghana and Cape Verde in Abidjan.

Unbeaten in qualifying, the Black Stars kick off their Group B campaign against a side who reached AFCON courtesy of an impressive four-match run without defeat in the middle of their campaign, including three wins. At 73rd in Fifa’s rankings, the 2013 quarterfinalists are 13 places below Ghana and targeting another opening victory following their defeat of Ethiopia in 2021.

Ghana vs Cape Verde lineups, team news

Ghana’s options feature some well-known Premier League names but West Ham star Mohammed Kudus was ruled out by injury.

Athletic Club striker Inaki Williams was set to make his AFCON debut from the bench.

The trio are expected to be available but one key player who will not be involved in AFCON is Thomas Partey. The midfielder was left out of the squad following consultations between manager Chris Hughton and Partey’s club, Arsenal, over his injury problems.

Ghana (4-2-3-1): Ofori (GK) – Odoi, Dijku, Salisu, Mensah – Ashimeru, Baba – Painstil, Konigsdorffer, Ayew – Semenyo

Ghana subs (9): Seidu, Opoku, Ayew, Bukari, Wollacott, Owusu, Zigi, Amartey, Williams, Samed, Nuamah, Sowah

Roberto Lopes, who plays for Irish side Shamrock Rovers, is one of the players from arguably the most diverse squad at the tournament plotting a Group B upset by taking Cape Verde to the knockout stage again.

No Cape Verde players represent the same club, with the group drawn from 16 countries.

Cape Verde (4-3-3 right to left): Vozinha (GK) – Moreira, Costa, Lopes, Paulo – Pina, Duarte, Monteiro – Mendes Cabral, Bebe

Cape Verde subs (9): Borges, Andrade, Tavers, Rodrigues, Rosa, Fernandes, Duarte, Santos, Afonso, Santos, Teixeria, Silva

Ghana vs Cape Verde live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this AFCON 2024 match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA Fubo, beIN Sports Connect, Fanatiz
Canada

beIN Sports Connect

UK Sky Sports Football Sky GO, Now TV
Australia beIN Sports 1 beIN Sports Connect
India FanCode

USA: This match will be available for live streaming via beIN Sports, Fanatiz and Fubo.

Canada: BeIN Sports will offer live-streaming coverage for fans in Canada.

UK: This clash is available for live broadcast on Sky Sports Football with streaming available via Sky GO and Now TV.

Australia: BeIN Sports will provide broadcast coverage and streaming services for the tournament.

India: Streaming service FanCode is the place to go for AFCON 2024 matches.

 

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